Published at 13:11, Monday, 21 November 2011
A SOUTH Cumbrian stylist is locking curling irons with the best hairdressers in the country.
Mark Twiname, of The Salon, Ulverston, entered Hairdresser of the Year 2012.
For his entry, Mr Twiname styled the hair of one of last year’s Britain’s Next Top Model competitors, Chloe Peers.
Mr Twiname, from Walney, said: “I was nervous at first, as I have never done anything like this before, but I really enjoyed it.
“I can’t wait to do more. It is my first big competition.
“There aren’t any local competitions around here – they are mainly in the big cities.
“I’m really excited. I have submitted my pictures and now I’m just waiting to hear back.”
Fashion photographer Rory Lewis Photographer took the pictures for Mr Twiname’s portfolio.
They were submitted to the judges in a portfolio.
Me in the Background Fixing the Lights
Mr Twiname will find out at the start of next year whether or not he is through to the next stage.
Mr Twiname said: “If I get accepted for the competition, I will do more looks and a few more styles – then I’ll work my way from there.
“I’ll have more pictures taken and build up a bit of a collection. It would be brilliant to get through.”
The 24-year-old has worked at the King Street salon since he was 16.
It was here he discovered his passion.
Mr Twiname trained through Kendal College and spent one year working in Manchester before returning to Ulverston to carry on his career.
Mr Twiname said: “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I started here as a Saturday junior, but I loved it and decided to carry it on.
Model Chloe & Stylist Mark Twiname
“All the regular customers are getting behind me.
“I have had a lot of support. I enjoy getting to know the customers and building relationships with them”
Mr Twiname’s boss, Salon owner Tony Smyth, said the competition proved that besides being a rural hairdresser, Mr Twiname could still compete with the big names in the big cities. Mr Smyth said: “It’s one up for apprenticeships. It just goes to prove you don’t need a degree.
“Hairdressing is quite similar here, but I think we are better here.”
The competition takes place next year.